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Wildland Fire reported in East Anchorage

Updated at 7:09 Firefighting efforts stopped the spread of the fire in East Anchorage as it moved into hardwoods. The Alaska Division of Forestry says the fire is 20 percent contained. An evacuation order for nearby residents has been canceled. Updated at 6:29 p.m. Anchorage Fire Chief Jodie Hettrick reports the fire burning in East […]

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Rolland Linus of Allakaket taps up a set of dolmars gas can for chainsaws while he and a squad of BLM AFS emergency firefighters mobilize for a Black River Fire (#262) burning in the Upper Yukon Zone on June 28, 2019. Nicholas Cleveland of Hughes, in back, also helps organize the squad's gear.

Upper Yukon Fire Zone: Fire Danger Remains High, Air Quality Advisories in Effect

Weather conditions in Upper Yukon remain extremely warm, increasing the chances for more active fire behavior. Some rain is expected on Sunday due to a front moving east across the Interior.  There are 28 fires burning within the Upper Yukon Fire Management Zone that covers the eastern Interior. Here is a breakdown of the lightning-caused […]

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Better mapping puts Ninetyeight Creek Fire at 52 acres

The Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) burning near Salcha is now estimated at 52 acres due to better mapping. Firefighters were finally able to walk the perimeter of the fire with a handheld GPS unit today, resulting in a decrease in size from the previous estimate of 116 acres. Despite continued warm temperatures and dry conditions, crews were […]

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Air Quality Advisories in effect for Southcentral, Central, Eastern, and Western Interior Alaska

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has issued air quality advisories for Southcentral Alaska and for the Central, Eastern, and Western Interior due to smoke from burning wildfires around the state. Air Quality will vary from GOOD to UNHEALTHY depending on wind flow and proximity to the fires. Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of […]

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Progress Made on Central Interior Fires

Hard work for firefighters in the Tanana Zone in Interior Alaska are paying off. The Zone only picked up one new fire on Thursday, a small, lightning-caused fire on the Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge, south of the Yukon River between Tanana and Ruby. Currently there are a total of 17 fires actively burning in the […]

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Firefighters to begin structure protection effort on Ninetyeight Creek Fire

Firefighters are taking steps to assess and protect structures threatened by the 60-acre Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) near Salcha.  The fire was active this afternoon and was moving toward cabins.  Firefighters prioritized the east flank of the fire and used water scooping aircraft to hit it hard. They had good success and fire behavior had […]

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Fire Fighters Brace for More Hot Dry Weather

Fire managers in the Tanana Zone in Interior Alaska are bracing for continued hot, dry weather across the area. The Zone picked up an additional new fire on Wednesday to add to the 16 active fires already burning. Fire fighters are working to contain some fires and to do “point protection” of allotments, cabins and […]

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Firefighters continue work on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire northwest of Salcha River

Smokejumpers continue to fight a 40-acre fire northwest of the Salcha River. The Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) was started by lightning yesterday and is burning in black spruce.  It’s located  just within the Yukon Training Area, about a mile and a half from the creek and three miles northeast of where Ninetyeight Creek meets the […]

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Mop up continues on the Caribou Creek Fire north of Two Rivers

Crews are making good progress as they mop up the 310-acre Caribou Creek Fire (#255), burning north of Chena Hot Springs Road near the community of Two Rivers. Containment remains at 65 percent.  The Redding Type 2 Initial Attack crew began work on the fire today. Firefighters have placed hose line around the entire four-and-a […]

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Fire activity picks up in Central Interior

Fire activity is increasing across Interior Alaska.  This activity is predicted to continue with the prolonged hot, dry weather. BLM Alaska Fire Service is staffing fires in the central Interior that are showing signs of accelerated movement as well as responding to smaller, remote fires in order to catch them before they get to be […]

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